Stalley Has Cosigns From A Who’s Who Of Rap. He Still Rides His Own Wave (Video)
Massillon, Ohio rapper Stalley has a mixed bag of influences to pull inspiration from. He had admitted influence from home state heroes like The O’Jays, Bootsy Collins, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Kid Kudi, as well as out-of-towners like Nas, Outkast and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. According to the Maybach Music Group MC, he incorporates them all into the creation of his own signature brand of soulful, resonant, sometimes sample-driven, sometimes Trap-inspired Hip-Hop that he calls “Intelligent Trunk Music.”
“Everything we do in Ohio is original, from the Funk to the Soul in the area,” he claims. “I want to do the same thing with Hip-Hop.”
Stalley has been releasing music since 2008, putting out a mixtape almost every year since. He has collaborated with a diverse array of artists that include Skyzoo, Westside Gunn, Ras Kass, 2 Chainz, Wale and Meek Mill. After signing a deal with MMG circa 2011, he finally dropped his debut album, Ohio, in 2014. Indicative of his wide-ranging musical taste, the LP showcased a variety of styles and sounds, and featured an varied assortment of special guests (from De La Soul to Ty Dolla $ign to Rick Ross). Despite his impressive resume, however, Stalley aims to become a household name.
Coming into his own, and perhaps hoping to make a statement, that may change with the release of his next project. Completely void of guest features, Stalley’s sophomore album, New Wave, is being put out in conjunction with Real Talk Entertainment. The title track celebrates this time in Stalley’s life and career. “Hooray” touts the simple chorus, as the MC basks in his success, relationships, and role in piloting a style.